Power of Attorney
Living Wills/Advanced Healthcare Directives
Orphans Court Litigation
Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care (title of new page he wants when the “read more” is clicked)
In my Practice, as one of the founders of the Elder Law Project of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and as counsel to the Advocacy Alliance, Inc., I have assisted thousands of individuals and families in matters related to Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care.
A Living Will is a written document that expresses a person’s wishes and instructions for health care and healthcare directives when that person is determined to be incompetent and has a terminal/end stage medical condition.
A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is a written document that names a surrogate to make health care decisions for an individual who is no longer able to make those decisions for themselves.
To discuss the making of a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, please contact me for a free consultation.
Estate Administration/Probate/Inheritance Tax/Estate Tax
In my Practice, as one of the founders of the Elder Law Project of the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging and as counsel to the Advocacy Alliance, Inc., I have assisted thousands of individuals and families in matters related to Estate Administration/ Probate / Inheritance Tax/ Estate Tax.
After a person passes away, it becomes necessary for his or her estate to be legally administered. This process is known as “Probate”. In Pennsylvania if a person dies with a Will their Will can be filed for probate with the County Register of Wills Office. If there is no Will, an administrator of an estate is appointed through the County Register of Wills Office in accordance with Pennsylvania Law. In either case, the Register of Wills promptly issues documents that will enable the executor or administrator of the estate to have the legal right to access the decedent’s bank accounts, investments and other assets.
The executor/administrator proceeds to gather information about the assets of the decedent and begins the process of paying taxes and other bills that may be due. A Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax return must be filed within nine months after the date of death. Distributions of the decedent’s estate are made in accordance with the decedent’s Will or the Roles and Regulations governing distribution in the event that there is no Last Will and Testament.
As the attorney for an estate, I can assist the executor/administrator in the following of all the legal requirements to make certain that the decedent’s wishes are carried out and that the executor or administrator carries his or her fiduciary duties of administering the estate according to the law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
To discuss this or have any question about estate administration, please contact us Toll Free at 1-888-511-6860 for a free consultation.